Takuya Yamada

Takuya Yamada
Personal information
Full name Takuya Yamada
Date of birth (1974-08-24) August 24, 1974
Place of birth Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nara Club
Number 28
Youth career
1993–1996 Komazawa University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2005 Tokyo Verdy 235 (22)
2006 Cerezo Osaka 20 (0)
2007–2008 Yokohama FC 50 (5)
2009 Sagan Tosu 43 (1)
2010–2014 Tampa Bay Rowdies 113 (4)
2015 FC Imabari 4 (0)
2016– Nara Club
Total 465 (32)
National team
2003–2004 Japan 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2015.

Takuya Yamada (山田 卓也 Yamada Takuya, born August 24, 1974) is a Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. He plays for Nara Club



Yamada attended Toin Gakuen High School, where he led the school to the final four in the National Championship. Played at Komazawa University before turning professional where he won a variety of different national titles, including the Gold Medal for Japan at the 1995 Universiade.

He turned professional in 1997, playing for Verdy Kawasaki in the then-fledgling J1 League. Yamada stayed with Verdy for the next eight years, clocking up almost 300 appearances for the club. He was one of the iconic players of J1 League's early years, known for his physical and charismatic strength on the field. The supporters' group honored him with the name of "Mr. Verdy" when he served as Verdy's captain for three years. He was also nicknamed "The Terminator", due to his combative style.

He moved to Cerezo Osaka for the 2006 season, but never fully settled with the club. In December 2006, Yamada surprised the Australian football community by arriving unannounced for a trial with Adelaide United.[1][2] However, in January, 2007, Adelaide United signed with a Brazilian attacking midfielder Diego Walsh from Miami FC who had a more advanced VISA status meaning Walsh was likely to be available sooner to play for the Reds.[3]

From Australia, Yamada flew to the United States for an invitational tryout with several Major League Soccer clubs, including New England Revolution,[4] but was not offered a contract. After returning to Japan, Yokohama FC of the J.League immediately announced its interest towards Yamada and signed him on 3 June 2007. Yamada served as captain for the 2008 season.

For the 2009 season, Yamada transferred to Sagan Tosu due to the head coach Yasuyuki Kishino's strong recruitment. On January 1, 2010 Yamada signed with FC Tampa Bay for their 2010 inaugural team roster.[5] He became the first Japanese player to serve as co-captain in USSF Division 2. Yamada re-signed with Tampa Bay, now playing in the North American Soccer League, on December 27, 2010.[6]

Yamada remained with Tampa Bay through the 2011 season. On October 5, 2011, the club announced that Yamada would return for the 2012 season.[7] It was the second straight season Yamada scored the game-winner in the home opener.[8] Started all 28 regular season matches and 2 post-season matches... Played in all 2,520 regular season minutes, the most in the NASL, and won the NASL Soccer Bowl 2012, he was also selected to the NASL 2012 Best XI.[9] Yamada continued to play for Tampa Bay for the 2013 season where he started in 22 matches in NASL season. Played in 1966 minutes and played in 100th official match for Rowdies on August 24, 2013.[10] On February 10, 2014 the club announced that Yamada will return for the 2014 season as the club's longest tenured player.[11]

National team

Yamada was capped four times for the Japan national team between 2003 and 2004. He was also the world champion for the Universiade Fukuoka (World University Games) in 1995.

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1997Verdy KawasakiJ1 League2210030251
2001Tokyo Verdy2923020340
2006Cerezo Osaka2000060260
2007Yokohama FC19120-211
2008J2 League31420-334
2009Sagan Tosu43120-451
United States League Open Cup League Cup Total
2010FC Tampa BayD2 Pro League290290
2012Tampa Bay RowdiesNASL28320303
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2015FC ImabariRegional Leagues401050
2016Nara ClubFootball League
Country Japan 3522829245442634
United States 113440001174
Total 4653233245454338

National team statistics


Japan national team

Playing style

The organizer on the pitch with his computerized accurate short, and long passes. He is a utility player as a mid-fielder, and defender, who is also capable both on the flank and middle. Takuya is also a hard nose player to go tight, and tough against whoever he is matching up with. Also, equipped with sharp overlaps to score when needed. Natural leader on and off the field who served as captain in three clubs.

Honors and awards

Tampa Bay Rowdies





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